Week 1, Term 3 Newsletter
Tēnā koutou katoa! Greetings everyone!
Welcome back to school and to a new term - we are now into the second half of the year! It has been so lovely to see students back at school after the holiday break, some well-rested and others still recovering from being unwell. The wild winter weather has certainly made it challenging at times. But we’re very flexible and adaptable, and we make things work the best we can.
Next week we have our Parent Teacher Interviews held at school. There will be no formal instructions or classes held on this day. Primary teachers will be in their classrooms and Secondary teacher in the Auditorium. This will be a great opportunity for whānau to come and chat with their child’s teacher about how they are going in their class or subject. Please make sure to book if you haven’t already done so. Home school partnerships are important, and this one of the ways we can connect.
Our Year 11-13 students have a busy term ahead of them. Assessments and preparation for exams early next term are happening already. The teachers are reporting a good start so far - let’s see that we can keep this momentum going. With only 14 or so weeks left of school for these students, every day at school really does count.
Last term we saw a rise of incidents involving vaping at school. While this is not new to us, we do not condone this type of behaviour - particularly when we have Primary children amongst us. Vaping is a societal issue, and it is one we want to keep out of our school. As teachers and educators we can do our part to teach students what is good and bad, right and wrong. However, the first teacher in a child’s life is their parents and whānau. The Bible tells of our responsibility as parents - “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). It also says this: “Nurture them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). It is just that simple.
We are part of a village. It takes a village to raise a child. We each have our part to play. Let’s make sure we do a good job at it.
Mrs. Tina Takimoana
Verse for the week:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. -
New Staff Members - Term 3
This term we welcome Mr Hanz Shanks who will be working in Secondary assisting with co-ordinating sports with Whāea Alice for 2 days a week.
Mrs Celia Dallas is now teaching Performing Arts in Primary and Secondary, as well as delivering the Christian Studies in Secondary for Term 3 and 4.
Whāea Vaniva Lewis is teaching Te Reo Māori in Primary and Secondary one day at week this term, with a focus on Maara kai and stories of Muriwhenua.
We are blessed to have their expertise and for them to share their skill and knowledge with our students.
Northland Area Schools Sports event
A massive thank you to Whāea Alice and her team of parent helpers - Shane (Pika) McDonald, Yvette Parlour and Ari Takimoana, for a successful week away at the Area School Nationals. The students played some competitive games in their respective sports and were great ambassadors of our school. Ka mau te wehi koutou mā!
Face Mask Wearing - first 4 weeks of Term 3
Last week on Friday I sent a newsletter home about wearing face masks for Year 7-13 and D4 students in Primary. This recommendation came from the Ministry of Education in response to the increase of Covid-19, the Flu and other viruses which were circulating last term and over the holidays. Students and teachers are supported and encouraged to wear them, should they feel the need to. At the moment we are not gathering indoors as a whole school as a precaution. We will continue to monitor the situation and make further changes if necessary.
Year 7 & 8 Netball - AIMS Games 2022, Tauranga
We are very excited to announce the netball team that will be traveling to Tauranga in September this year to participate in the AIMS Games. Thank you to our school Board of Trustees for supporting our kaupapa.
The team will be coached by Whāea Alice Burnett and accompanied by Whāea Te Oranoa Peri Pirini. The selection process has taken some time, and we appreciate the patience of all students involved. Thank you to all those students who expressed interest, and to Geneva Murray (coach of KALS Year 7 & 8 team - Mangonui competition) for training and trialling some of the students. We appreciate the hard work of everyone who has been involved to make this happen for our tamariki.
The students selected are:
Important Dates to Remember
- Thursday 4th August - Parent Teacher Interviews
- Wednesday 10th August - School Photo Day
- Friday 19th August 12pm - School Board Election Parent Nominations Close
- Friday 26th August - MOE Teachers Only Day
- Saturday 3rd - Friday 9th September - AIMS Games in Tauranga
- Friday 23rd September 4pm - School Board Election Day Poll Close
Parent Teacher Interviews - Thursday 4 August
Interviews will be held here at school on next Thursday 4 August from 9am to 5pm.
There will be no formal instruction for your child, as your child’s teacher/s will be holding interviews on this day. But we encourage you to bring your child along to discuss their learning with their teacher/s.
Appointments can be made using the link below or contact Bobbie at the office.
Heart Foundation - Jumping June
A huge ngā mihi to all of our school whānau who donated
to this incredible foundation.
In total, Primary altogether have raised $6,806!
We are so blessed to be a part of a community who gives
and serves. Thank you for your generosity! May the Lord have
His hand over everyone at the Heart Foundation.
Student prizes have all been selected and ordered.
Delivery date to be confirmed :)
Kaitaia Abundant Life School - School Board Elections
Parent Election Notice
Nominations are open for the election of one (1) parent representative to the school board.
All eligible voters will receive a nomination form via email (please contact the office if you would prefer a hard copy). Use this form to nominate yourself or someone in your community. You will also receive a nomination cover letter calling for nominations.
If you need more nomination forms, contact the school office.
Nominations close at noon on Friday 19th August 2022. You may provide a signed candidate statement and photograph with your nomination.
The electoral roll is held at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours.
As nominations are received, there will be a list of candidates’ names kept at the school up until election day, which you can view.
Voting closes at 4pm on Friday 23rd September 2022
Signed Bobbie Ngauma
Order School Photos Online - Liz Davies Photography School & Team Photos Northland
All prices are in NZ$ and include 15% gst. You can pay via credit card or internet banking. Your completed photo order will be handed out to your child at school to bring home. Need a printed order form? Download Order Form Portrait photo packages are available for individuals, siblings and families.